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John Sloman

John Sloman
Birth name John Anthony David Sloman
Born (1957-04-26) 26 April 1957
Cardiff, South Wales, United Kingdom
Genres Hard rock, pop rock, progressive rock, heavy metal
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, piano, guitar
Years active 1977-present
Labels Bronze Records, FM Records EMI Records
Associated acts Trapper, Pulsar, Lone Star, Uriah Heep, UFO, Badlands, Gary Moore
Website Official website

John Anthony David Sloman was born in Cardiff (South Wales), 26 April 1957 as the eldest of six children. He is best known as the lead vocalist for Welsh band Lone Star during 1977/'78 and classic rockers Uriah Heep from 1979 to 1981.

Contents

  • Biography 1
  • Discography 2
    • Solo 2.1
    • with Lone Star 2.2
    • with Uriah Heep 2.3
    • with UFO 2.4
    • with Gary Moore 2.5
    • Sessions and guest appearances 2.6
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Biography

Sloman's first band of note were local Cardiff heroes Trapper before he joined Lone Star in time for their 1977 sophomore album, Firing on All Six. Lone Star disbanded before a third album could be completed as guitarist Paul Chapman left to take Michael Schenker's spot in UFO. Sloman and Lone Star drummer Dixie Lee would move on to join Canadian outfit Pulsar before Sloman got the call from Uriah Heep in 1979 to take over for John Lawton. Sloman recorded the controversial Conquest album with the group but departed in 1981, citing "musical differences." An uncredited Sloman also played keyboards on UFO's 1981 album The Wild, the Willing and the Innocent.

After Uriah Heep, he formed the band John Sloman's Badlands and showcased at the Marquee Club but failed to procure a record deal. Badlands featured former Trapper drummer John Munro, Whitesnake's Neil Murray on bass, and guitarist John Sykes prior to his joining Thin Lizzy. Sloman and Murray would both join Gary Moore's band which resulted in the Rockin' Every Night: Live in Japan album.

Sloman went on to record the first of his solo albums, the Todd Rundgren produced Disappearances Can Be Deceptive, released in 1989. It featured contributions from former Trapper band mates Pino Paladino and John Munro as well as Gregg Dechert who had spent time with Sloman in both Pulsar and Uriah Heep.

Sloman worked on various projects throughout the 1990's, including Souls Unknown with old mates Paladino and Munro and The Who affiliated guitarist Steve 'Boltz' Bolton. Another project involved Paladino, guitarist Mats Johansson, and drummer Theodore Thunder (Dick Heckstall-Smith, Leo Sayer). Sloman took on the pseudonym Earl Grangetown for a soul music project called The Beat Poets which also featured former Lone Star band mate Pete Hurley on bass. Although an album was recorded, it was never released.[1]

Sloman has gone on to produce three more solo albums since the turn of the millennium, Dark Matter (2003) and 13 Storeys (2006), on which he is credited with playing everything from cello to harmonium, and his latest effort, Reclamation (2010). Toto guitarist Steve Lukather recorded a cover of Sloman's "Jammin' with Jesus" off Dark Matter on his 2008 solo album Ever Changing Times. Lukather had originally cut the song with Jeff Beck years earlier but Beck never put it out.[2]

Sloman is also credited on the 2007 soundtrack of Highlander: The Source as the vocalist performing the Queen hits "Princes of the Universe" and "Who Wants to Live Forever" as well as "The Sun Is Gonna Shine", a duet with Tamasin Hardy.

Discography

Solo

with Lone Star

with Uriah Heep

with UFO

with Gary Moore

- Backing vocals on single "Falling in love with You"

Sessions and guest appearances

References

  1. ^ Russ P (August 24, 2010). "John Sloman - Interview Exclusive". UberRock.com. 
  2. ^ Owen Edwards (February 12, 2008). "Steve Lukather Interview: Ever Changing Times...". AllOutGuitar.com. 

External links

  • Official Website
  • Myspace Page
  • Myspace Acoustic Page
  • John Sloman at The Milarus Mansion
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